Food insecurity was only mentioned explicitly by 6% of respondents. Like many other issues related to social services, food insecurity was brought up in conjunction with other concerns.
Access to food, when called out, is seen as fundamental issue to be addressed in our community:
No food insecurity. Equal education, affordable housing, no racism, no poverty, job security for all skill levels, more financial support for our community resource agencies
Focus on neighborhood development. Make sure food is available in every neighborhood. More walking, running, biking friendly roads. Support local small businesses. Defund and defang the police and fund more social services. Adjudicate organizations occupying the city funded cultural arts center. Support the arts and after school programs for young people.
For there to be no food deserts, all schools funded for their needs and education for everyone to be a priority, no lunch debt (free lunch for everyone), more ways to compost and recycle and for that to be a focus of the community, healthy water, free resources for mental health services, sex education taught in public schools, free public transportation that runs on time, to tear down all of our racist statues around town, end cash bail, and termimate deals with for profit prisons. Also, pay teachers more.
Access to basic human needs for all who live here: food, shelter, healthcare, safety.
Food security is recognized as being related to how the city chooses to spend money:
Inclusivity. I would love for my entire community to have access to safe and affordable housing; quality healthcare; enough food to feed their entire household. Our basic human rights shouldn't be ignored. I want all zip codes to have investment opportunities not just the areas where the richest people dwell. I want better public transportation so that if you live in a food desert that 2 hours isn't taken out of your day to get to a grocery store.
Defund the police, put that money into health, homeless, and food programs for our community.
Alleviating food insecurity is a central part of the hopeful visions respondents had for the future of the city
I desire a community where *all* people have access to affordable housing AND access to grocery stores AND access to green spaces AND neighborhood health clinics AND community centers AND education AND jobs. (Sorry for shouting at you with all the "ands" but want to to communicate that all of these would be accessible in walking distances. I'd love to see a better public transportation system and public transit becoming a way of life.
I desire a community where *all* people have access to affordable housing AND access to grocery stores AND access to green spaces AND neighborhood health clinics AND community centers AND education AND jobs.